Friday, October 30, 2009

Charlie Wedemeyer

The football game is over and the players' ritual begins.

Before heading to the showers, the victorious Los Gatos (Calif.) High team members head toward an end zone, pull off their helmets and take a knee before Charlie Wedemeyer, the most famous coach in the school's history.

The players form a semi-circle around the side of Wedemeyer's van, which is parked in its usual spot just behind the goal post. They wait to hear his observations and words of encouragement, even though he is no longer the varsity coach but an unofficial consultant for the freshman-sophomore team.

Not one of them has ever heard his voice.

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